Ballet meets couture fashion at Kensington Palace

ballet dancers pose in Kengsington Palace

To launch English National Ballet’s Summer Fundraising Party at Kensington Palace on 29 June star dancers pose in couture from top fashion designers who are creating tutus exclusively for auction at the event. Dancers Kerry Birkett in Erdem, with shoes by Beatrix Ong, Begoña Cao in Bruce Oldfield, Elena Glurdjidze in Giles Deacon with shoes by Beatrix Ong, Natalia Kremen in House of Worth, Fernanda Oliveira in Moschino, Ksenia Ovsyanick in Roksanda Ilincic, Stina Quagabeur in Julien Macdonald, Laurretta Summerscales in Agent Provocateur, Alison McWhinney in Kinder Aggugini. Photography throughout : Annabel Moeller

Ballet meets high fashion at Kensington Palace –

English National Ballet launches designer tutu auction for its Summer Fundraising Party in June

On 29 June 2011 English National Ballet will take over one of London’s most glorious outdoor settings, The Orangery, Kensington Palace, for an evening of breathtaking ballet, fabulous fashion and fundraising.

The Company is placing itself firmly in London’s summer social calendar with an event inspired by this season’s obsession with all things ballet. English National Ballet’s Summer Party will be an evening of live music and performances from our star dancers on the terrace while being entertained by a jazz orchestra with music from the Company’s hit Summer show Strictly Gershwin. An evening of entertainment will follow with performances from our most popular repertoire in this most intimate setting, giving guests a truly memorable ballet experience.

To launch English National Ballet’s Summer Fundraising Party at Kensington Palace on 29 June star dancers pose in couture from top fashion designers who are creating tutus exclusively for auction at the event. Dancers : Kerry Birkett in Erdem, with shoes by Beatrix Ong, Begoña Cao in Bruce Oldfield, Elena Glurdjidze in Giles Deacon with shoes by Beatrix Ong, Natalia Kremen in House of Worth, Fernanda Oliveira in Moschino, Ksenia Ovsyanick in Roksanda Ilincic, Stina Quagabeur in Julien Macdonald, Laurretta Summerscales in Agent Provocateur, Alison McWhinney in Kinder Aggugini

As part of the event English National Ballet has invited nine top fashion designers to create tutus exclusively for the Summer Party to auction live on the night. We are delighted to have the following designers working with us on this project which is a first for English National Ballet. Erdem, Agent Provocateur, Giles Deacon, Julien Macdonald, Roksanda IlIncic, House of Worth, Kinder Aggugini, Bruce Oldfield and Moschino. We can also reveal that Christian Louboutin and Beatrix Ong will design shoes for the auction. Each designer has chosen a dancer from the Company to inspire their creation – on the night of the party the dancers will model the tutus in a catwalk show, before they go on display for guests to bid.

English National Ballet began speaking to designers in February this year, and has been astounded by the support and excitement from the fashion houses. Creative initiatives like this form an integral part of the Company’s fundraising activity; helping to sustain the vibrant life of English National Ballet, supporting our renowned Learning and outreach work and enabling us to deliver world-class ballet to the nation.

Nadja Swarovski, VP of International Communications at Swarovski, supporter of English National Ballet and chair of the Summer Party event committee commented,English National Ballet is very close to my heart, and I am always thrilled to see their beautiful productions on stage, performed by such a talented group of dancers. This auction is an original way of bringing together the enormous popularity of ballet and the glamour of the fashion world, whilst creating original pieces of couture. I applaud this innovative idea, and look forward to a fabulous evening in June.”

ballet dancers in couture at Kensington Palace

To launch English National Ballet’s Summer Fundraising Party at Kensington Palace on 29 June star dancers pose in couture from top fashion designers who are creating tutus exclusively for auction at the event. Dancers : Kerry Birkett in Erdem, with shoes by Beatrix Ong, Begoña Cao in Bruce Oldfield, Elena Glurdjidze in Giles Deacon with shoes by Beatrix Ong, Natalia Kremen in House of Worth, Fernanda Oliveira in Moschino, Ksenia Ovsyanick in Roksanda Ilincic, Stina Quagabeur in Julien Macdonald, Laurretta Summerscales in Agent Provocateur, Alison McWhinney in Kinder Aggugini

Tickets for the Summer Party are on sale now, and cost £150. To book visit English National Ballet’s wesbite or contact support@ballet.org.uk.

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3 Responses to “Ballet meets couture fashion at Kensington Palace”

  1. cloudia Says:

    what fun!

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  2. Val Says:

    Amazing photoshoot! ~Val

  3. Ballet News Says:

    @Cloudia thank you

    @Val – we had the weather, for once!!